What is IOSH

What is IOSH?

IOSH stands for – The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

It’s the Chartered body and largest membership organisation for safety and health professionals worldwide.

Formed in 1945 and granted a Royal Charter to act in the interests of the general public’s benefit, IOSH is the leading Health and Safety organisation worldwide. Its function is to champion the profession; Advising governments, policymakers and World Organisations – to providing occupational training to large and small businesses alike.  Chartered Membership to IOSH is thought to be the hallmark of Health and Safety professional excellence in the workplace – In other words, it’s kind of a big deal – and membership you’ll not just want, but need, on your CV. Simply put  – IOSH sets Health and Safety Standards in the workplace on a global scale.

With their sole focus on transforming the world of work – making it a safer, healthier place to be – and more sustainable.  It’s a lofty mission, and it needs to be with the millions of lives that depend on its guidance and leadership in creating a better, safer world to work in. By embedding Health and Safety into any culture it raises the game of any business allowing a more strategic view that concentrates on reducing sickness absences and improving productivity.

Their mission is delivered in a number of different ways, including a professional development programme (CPD), events, helplines, and up-to-date technical advice.

What is IOSH Training?

IOSH call their training Tried, tested and Trusted – And rightly so as a world-leading developer of certified safety and health training courses in 130 countries.

IOSH Courses are delivered by a network of approved licensed training providers across the UK and all around the world – look out for the IOSH seal of approval on any online or face-to-face training facility.

These courses are split into 4 main categories starting with:

  1. Core Skills – Dealing with the more immediate workplace dangers, along with fire risks and key skills for construction workers.

This builds up to;

  1. Management Education; educational packages to manage a team safely demonstrating excellent industry knowledge demonstrated in risk assessments for review.

Levelling up to;

  1. Executive Education – This tackles the strategic levers for productivity, profits and corporate governance. Aimed at embedding a health and safety culture that delivers real change.

The 4th category;

  1. Professional Development includes CPD courses that you get to freestyle through depending on your learning requirements. This category includes the General Level 3 qualification which unlocks the career-building ability to apply for Technical membership at IOSH.

IOSH Forum

IOSH has a Future Leaders Community discussion forum that’s dedicated to new and aspiring professionals in occupational health and safety. It’s a community that offers specialised support including networking and sharing experiences with your peers.

IOSH Code of Conduct

The Code is governed by 4 key characteristics; Integrity, Competence, Respect and Service. It also offers further guidance around disciplinary procedures for code breaches and unacceptable conduct. Further information and the full Conduct Code can be found at – https://iosh.com/media/12035/iosh-code-of-conduct.pdf